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“We’re gonna put him on that coaster. We’re gonna strap a handheld to the car in front of him, and then go live. Boom! It’s called picking up the game, people. Okay? So from now on every single story that we do is gonna have to be sensational! And we’re gonna be more aggressive. We’re gonna work harder, and we’re gonna do it right now.” – Becky Fuller
Number of Times Seen – Twice (1 Mar 2011 and 13 Aug 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A newly hired morning show producer tries to find a way to get the show’s rating up.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled seeing not long after it came out on DVD, but it failed to leave enough of an impression on me as to what it was all about.
The overall idea is actually an interesting one, yet it unfortunately is presented in a very shallow fashion which makes it feel more like fluff than something that could have a larger impact.
All of the aspects of this film’s story are done that way and even the rom-com aspect fails to make the viewer care much about the characters or what will happen t them along the way.
This is all quite sad since the cast that they managed to put together for this film are quite talented including Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson and Rachel McAdams yet each of them feels completely wasted here in these underdeveloped and shallow characters.
The only one who manages to come close to giving a worthy performance here is Keaton who is great in her role as the anchorwoman of the morning show.
Goldblum usually gets flashier roles, but his role here is much too small and he doesn’t have enough screen time to allow him to shine.
Ford is terrible in this film since he was definitely miscast in this role.
They do manage to show the chaotic nature of this kind of work and keep it constantly changing as they need to keep finding ways to deal with the chaos of it all.
The footage used to show some of the events and actions that they take upon themselves in order to make their show more interesting are shown as montages and seem a bit too rushed.
Despite this tho, they are able to show how much fun one can have with such a premise even if it doesn’t fully work.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that feels too much like fluff and doesn’t manage to tell a deeper story. Even the rom-com aspects of this film are presented in a very simple fashion. The cast is quite talented but they mostly feel underused and wasted here instead of giving us something more to savor. The character who is presented the best way is Keaton who outshines everyone else including Ford who is too far from perfect for this role. Goldblum doesn’t have enough screen time to really shine. The film does find a way to show us the chaos of such a TV show and how it is handled. Much of the footage of the new aspects of the show are shown in montage form and seem a bit rushed, but we still get to see some of the fun stuff that they choose to add.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As of the release of the movie, Don Roy King, who plays the director of DayBreak, is the actual director of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1975) and Robert Caminiti, who plays the assistant director of DayBreak, is the actual assistant director of “Saturday Night Live”. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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